Western Rhaetian Alps

The Western Rhaetian Alps (Italian: Alpi Retiche occidentali, German: Westliche Rätische Alpen) are a mountain range in the central part of the Alps.

Western Rhaetian Alps
Piz Bernina, the highest mountain of the range
Highest point
PeakPiz Bernina
Elevation4,049 m (13,284 ft)[1]
Coordinates46°22′56″N 09°54′29″E
Native nameAlpi Retiche occidentali,
Westliche Rätische Alpen
Western Rhaetian Alps (section nr.15) within Eastern Alps
CountriesAustria, Italy, Liechtenstein and Switzerland
Parent rangeCentral Eastern Alps
Borders on
Topo mapSwiss Federal Office of Topography swisstopo
OrogenyAlpine orogeny


Administratively the range mainly belongs to the Italian region of Lombardy, the Swiss canton of Graubünden and the Austrian states of Vorarlberg and Tyrol. Also the independent state of Liechtenstein is totally included in the Western Rhaetian Alps.

SOIUSA classification

According to SOIUSA (International Standardized Mountain Subdivision of the Alps) the mountain range is an Alpine section, classified in the following way:[2]


The range is subdivided into seven subsections:[2]

AVE Classification

The Alpine Club classification of the Eastern Alps categorizes most of the SOIUSA Western Rhaetian Alps groups within the Western Limestone Alps.

Notable summits

Some notable summits of the Western Rhaetian Alps are:

Nameelevation (m)Alpine subsection
Piz Bernina4.049Bernina Range
Pizzo Zupò3.996Bernina Range
Piz Scerscen3.971Bernina Range
Piz Argient3.945Bernina Range
Piz Roseg3.937Bernina Range
Pizzo Bellavista3.922Bernina Range
Piz Palü3.901Bernina Range
Piz Morteratsch3.751Bernina Range
Monte Disgrazia3.688Bernina Range
Piz Corvatsch3.451Bernina Range
Cima Piazzi3.440Livigno Range
Piz Kesch3.418Albula Alps
Piz Linard3.411Silvretta, Samnaun and Ferwall Alps
Piz Calderas3.397Albula Alps
Piz Platta3.392Alpi del Platta
Cima di Castello3.388Bernina Range
Piz Julier3.380Albula Alps
Piz d'Err3.378Albula Alps
Pizzo Cengalo3.367Bernina Range
Pizzo Scalino3.323Bernina Range
Piz Buin3.312Silvretta, Samnaun and Ferwall Alps
Pizzo Badile3.308Bernina Range
Pizzo Paradisino3.305Livigno Range
Muttler3.294Silvretta, Samnaun and Ferwall Alps
Piz Forbesch3.262Oberhalbstein Range
Piz Languard3.262Livigno Range
Piz Ot3.246Albula Alps
Silvrettahorn3.244Silvretta, Samnaun and Ferwall Alps
Piz Timun3.209Oberhalbstein Range
Piz Sesvenna3.204Sesvenna Range
Piz Quattervals3.165Livigno Range
Pizzo Stella3.163Oberhalbstein Range
Piz Duan3.131Oberhalbstein Range
Pizzo Galleggione3.107Oberhalbstein Range
Piz Lischana3.105Sesvenna Range
Piz Umbrail3.033Sesvenna Range
Aroser Rothorn2.980Plessur Range
Lenzerhorn2.906Plessur Range

Notable passes

Some notable passes of the Western Rhaetian Alps are:


  1. Highest summit elevation as reported on Swiss Federal Office of Topography maps from the Swisstopo web site map.geo.admin.ch
  2. Marazzi, Sergio (2005). Atlante Orografico delle Alpi. SOIUSA (in Italian). Priuli & Verlucca. ISBN 978-88-8068-273-8.



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